Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Does Jodi Arias want to live or die? Death penalty hearing to decide murderer's fate (videos)

If you thought the Jodi Arias trial ended when a jury of her peers returned a guilty verdict, think again. The most important phase of the trial is just about to start as Jodi Arias returns to court on May 15, 2013, where she will undergo the aggravating factors aspect of her case. Should it be determined that Jodi Arias
Does Jodi Arias really want to die?
murdered Travis Alexander in an unusually cruel and heinous manner, she will then face the death penalty in the next part of the phase.

What do you think the chances are the jury will find that stabbing Travis Alexander in the back, chest, heart and slicing his throat will account for cruel and heinous murder?

Jodi Arias is an admitted liar and it appears that everything out of her mouth is a lie. She has never shown true remorse for killing Travis Alexander and continues to state that she is a victim of domestic violence. In an interview immediately following her guilty conviction, she indicated that she did not want to live but rather wants her freedom by being sentenced to death.

Do you believe Jodi Arias really wants to die or is she hoping the jury will be angered by her statements and sentence her to life as a form of punishment?

You can read a portion of the transcript from Jodi Arias interview with My Fox Phoenix reporter Troy Hayden below.

 



HAYDEN: Just a couple minutes ago, you heard the verdict from the jury. What are your thoughts?

JODI ARIAS: I think I just went blank. Just -- I don't know. I just feel overwhelmed. I think I just need to take it a day at a time.

HAYDEN: Was it unexpected, you think, this verdict?

JODI ARIAS: It was unexpected for me, yes, because there was no premeditation on my part. I can see how things look that way. But I didn't expect the premeditation. I could see maybe the felony murder because of how the law is written, but I didn't -- the whole time, I was fairly confident I wouldn't get premeditation because there was no premeditation.

HAYDEN: It seemed -- and you got a lot of questions from the jury. It seemed like some of the jurors didn't believe what you were telling them, didn't believe your story. What are your thoughts on that?

JODI ARIAS: I can understand that, I think, because of what I was -- the lies that I told in the beginning to try to cover up this, cover up that, and hide things that I didn't want to be known, made public.

HAYDEN: Are you focusing on the core (ph) or are you focusing on what could be the worst outcome for you?

JODI ARIAS: Well, the worst outcome for me would be natural life. I would much rather die sooner than later. Longevity runs in my family, and I don't want to spend the rest of my natural life in one place. You know, I'm pretty healthy. I don't smoke. And I probably would live a long time, so that's not something I'm looking forward to.

I said years ago that I'd rather get death than life, and that still is true today. I believe death is the ultimate freedom, so I'd rather just have my freedom as soon as I can get it.

HAYDEN: So you're saying you actually prefer getting the death penalty than being in prison for life.

JODI ARIAS: Yes.

HAYDEN
: The Alexander family, especially the two sisters and the younger brother -- if you could say something to them, what would you like to say to them?

JODI ARIAS: I hope that, now that a verdict has been rendered, that they're able to find peace, some sense of peace. I don't think they'll ever find the peace that they would like, but maybe they -- maybe they'll be able to have greater peace now, or some semblance of it, and be able to move on with their lives and remember their brother the way they want to.

(END VIDEO CLIP)


PART 2

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

HAYDEN: You had some clashes with Juan Martinez. You kind of went after him on Twitter a little bit. What are your thoughts on Juan?

JODI ARIAS: Well, prior to trial, I respected Juan as a very capable attorney, even though he's done some very shady things in my case as far as hiding evidence and failing to disclose certain things, hoping it would just go away. But in the end, what does it matter? It didn't help my case.

HAYDEN: So if you had to do this all over again, you're in the desert, you notice that you've got blood on your hands, how do you handle it?

JODI ARIAS: I would turn around and drive to the Mesa police department.

HAYDEN: And what do you think would have happened to you then?

JODI ARIAS: I don't know, but it would have been the right thing.

HAYDEN: Do you have a sense of where the public feeling is about you, whether you're liked or not liked? I mean...

JODI ARIAS: I get the sense that there is great division on both sides, but I believe the majority is against me.

HAYDEN: What are your thoughts on that?

JODI ARIAS: A psychologist once explained to me that society has this need to persecute people. They get some sort of gratification from it. So there might be something going on there.

HAYDEN: Do you have any knowledge of, you know, the interest in your case? Do you have an idea how many people are interested?

JODI ARIAS: I hear things, but I have no access to the news, the Internet, that sort of thing, no direct access.

HAYDEN: What kind of things do you hear?

JODI ARIAS: I do get the newspaper, so that's been one portal (ph) where I've learned things. A lot of inmates have come into the jail cell since then and they tell me. They want to come up and shake my hand, want to give me a hug. They want my autograph. And I'm not going to sign anything.

HAYDEN: Let's go forward. Say you do get a long sentence, how are you going to spend your life?

JODI ARIAS: I haven't decided yet.

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